Insights & Anecdotes


"The inspiration to create 'The Prestige' came from mainly two sources; the first of course, as a homage to my favourite painter Picasso, and the second from a long held belief that few things in life are ever as they appear.

Ultimately, I believe it's safe to say that we are all curated versions of our true selves. It is not until someone takes a closer look do they see the story within. This is true in so many aspects of our lives, environment and experiences. So, like so many of Picasso paintings, my objective was to create an artwork that would draw the viewer in to look deeper, beyond a pleasing first glance and find their own truth. After all, aren't we all illusionist to a certain degree?" - Stewart Stephenson


The Prestige, 2014 by Stewart Stephenson modern contemporary artist | Wood Panel, Oil Paintings

Timeline of "The Prestige, 2014"

Stage 1

Black lining the design with no prior sketch work. The theme is taking form around the illusionis...

White Detail

Working on filling in the white detail which has subtle scenes painted into it to elaborate on th...

Stage Two Complete

Three coats of white later, we have a unique and ghostly storyline painted in behind the Picasso ...

Central Figure

Two more black layers have been added to clean up the edges and ensure that the lines are uniform...

Picasso Inspired Painting Completed

Installed and on exhibit at 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada until October 15th, 2014.


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